Event Details

5-Day Socially-Distanced New Year Residential Retreat with Thai Forest Monk, Achan Da, and Psychologist Michael Bresnan

From 7:00 PM, Thursday Evening, January 6 to 1:00 PM, Monday, January 10

Wisdom House Retreat Center, Litchfield, CT


The Centers for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation in Redding, CT and Wenham, MA will team up to hold a 5-day Mahasati insight meditation retreat from 7:00 PM, Thursday evening, January 6 to 1:00 PM, Monday, January 10. The retreat is a great way to start the new year, and will be led by Thai Forest monk and meditation master, Achan Da, and Psychologist, Michael Bresnan, at the Wisdom House retreat center, which is situated on 54 acres of meadows, woods, and brooks in the beautiful northwest hills of Connecticut.

Achan Da is an ordained Thai Forest Monk who has been teaching for decades and who practiced under Thai meditation master Luangpor Teean Jittasubho. Achan Da is currently Abbott of our center in Redding, CT. Michael Bresnan is a licensed psychologist who has been practicing insight meditation for over 25 years. He is the founder and Executive Director of our MA and CT centers.

The retreat leaders practice and teach Mahasati Insight meditation, which is a form of Vipassana meditation originating from Southeast Asia. The objective of Mahasati meditation is the elimination of mental and emotional suffering through the clear seeing and understanding of the body and mind in the present moment. The practice is based on the teaching of the 20th-century Thai insight meditation master, Luangpor Teean, and uses attention to the movement of the body as an anchor for mindfulness and insight practice.

This retreat is open to all levels of practitioners and is a wonderful opportunity to deepen one’s meditation practice by allowing one to cultivate self-awareness for an extended period of time without distraction. While the retreat will be conducted mainly in silence, there will also be Dharma talks and question and answer periods. As is the tradition with meditation retreats, all attendees will have a private interview period with Achan Da as a further aid to their practice.

Wisdom House provides an excellent atmosphere for meditation. Wholesome and delicious meals are served, including bread and desserts baked on the premises by the Wisdom House staff chef. Meals will be served in individual boxes for each participant to maximize safety. In addition, each participant will have their own room, though some may need to share a bathroom with at most one other person.

The base cost for the 5-day retreat is $500, though this only covers our out-of-pocket costs for the facilities. If you can afford an additional contribution to help offset our ongoing operations, that would be appreciated, though by no means required. Conversely, If you cannot afford the $500 base cost, scholarships are available, and we do our best not to turn anyone away.

Please contact Michael@cfmim.org for more information, or to register.

Note: There will also be a 5-day summer residential retreat at Wisdom House from June 23 to 27.